vCloud Director Install and Setup – installing vShield Manager

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series vCloud Director Install and Setup Series


This is a continuation of a series of posts on vCloud Director Install and Setup and details the setup of the vShield Manager appliance.


First download the vShield Manager appliance from the helpfully named “VMware vCloud Networking and Security” section of the vCloud Suite of VMware’s downloads section.

Now login to vCenter and Deploy the OVA file.

Click Next through the OVF Template Details and Accept the End User Licence Agreement (after reading the small print of course :)).  Now select a Name and Location (you can leave the name at the default for a lab). Select Host/Cluster:

Click Next through Resource Pool and then select your Storage location (I’m using a Datastore Cluster called Test):

Thin Provision the Disk:

Map your networks – I’m choosing a dvSwitch network called “VM Networks” but this can be easily changed later.

VM will now start to deploy:

Initial Configuration

Once the appliance has power it on and connect to the console and login with username admin and a password of default.  You may have to wait a few minutes while the initialisation completes:

At the manager> prompt, type enable and at the Password: prompt type default.  You will now be in setup mode.  When setup mode is enabled, the prompt changes to manager#.  Now type setup and input all your networking details.  Once complete just exit out and close the console connection (as long as the new appliance responds to ping of course:)).

For some reason the offical docs say:

It is not necessary to synchronize vShield Manager with vCenter or register the vShield Manager as a vSphere Client plug-in when you use vShield Manager with vCloud Director.

However, when you start your vCloud Director configuration it will complain if your vShield Manager is not registered with vCenter.

So now open a browser to your new vShield Manager device:

First thing I noticed is that the SSO service is now available for vShield which is interesting but i think we can safely ignore this for the time being.  I did add an NTP server though and after that I changed the password to something more secure.

Next thing to do is register vShield Manager with vCenter:

more stuff to follow!!!

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